This is part 4 of a series intended to focus on what has worked for us as we learn to walk the path laid out for us. For us, what has given us the strength to grow is a program called Celebrate Recovery. We hope that, if you haven’t already established a support system for yourself, you will give Celebrate Recovery some consideration. Although this site is dedicated to mental well-being, Celebrate Recovery is a program for anyone with hurts, habits, and hang-ups. This includes substance abuse, struggles with faith, and even temporary issues that require a healthy support system. This series has a goal: to create awareness and raise money for further training for us as Celebrate Recovery leaders and mental health champions. This August, we have an opportunity to attend a training summit in California to further our ability to walk with others on this faith-based healing journey. If you feel called to donate, there is a link at the bottom of this page to do so. Thank you for reading and being a part of our journey. Now, let’s walk together toward healing…
Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.
Happy are the pure in heart. Matthew 5:8a
When I hear the word “faults” my mind immediately goes to the laundry list of things that I’ve done wrong. I think of all the things I should have done differently, all the times I’ve responded in anger and lashed out at those who love me. I think of my shortcomings and times I’ve failed. But what if it’s more than that? What about the times I don’t have faith? What about the times that I try to do it all and carry it all on my own?
I was curious to see how the Message version translates this verse, and I love what it says! “You’re blessed when you get your inside world – your mind and heart – put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.” You see for me, my mind likes to mess with me. My inside world likes to lie to me. I have what has been called “treatment resistant” depression. So on more days than not, my head likes to say that things are dark and hopeless. My heart aches and feels heavy. My inside world isn’t right.
It is in the dark nights that I need to get my mind and heart right, which is to fix my focus on what is real. Jesus. The only reality is Jesus and the hope that comes from being a daughter of the King. When I am trapped in the black night of depression, it is hard to see God in my outside world. But though I may not see Him, He is there. He is with me. Every. Single. Day. It is when I confess, “I’m having a hard time”; “Everything is dark”; “I’m struggling with my thoughts”, to myself, to God, and to someone that I trust, that I begin to align my false reality (the depression will never lift) with the truth (this is a season and it will pass).
My mind says, “You are alone”. Truth says, “I am with you, always”. My mind says, “No one wants to be around you”. Truth says, “I can’t fix it, but I will sit with you in the dark”. My mind says, “You will never get through this”. Truth says, “I can do ALL things through Him (Philippians 4:13)”. My mind says, “You have to fight this on your own”. Truth says, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still (Exodus 14:14)”.
You see what I’m getting at? Your mind, my mind, everyone’s mind will lie to you. That is why the step of talking not only to God, but also to someone you trust is so important in recovery. We were not meant to walk this life alone. We need Jesus. We need people. We need to align our hearts and minds with the truth of Jesus. When we bring our lives into alignment is when we will begin to see how God is working in our lives. Even in the darkest of night. He. Is, There.
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